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The marvellous music of Alvin Ailey: part I
World music

The marvellous music of Alvin Ailey: part I

One of the major ingredients that makes Alvin Ailey so magnificent, is the music used in its shows. Garth Fagan’s “From Before” choreography pays tribute to the West Indies and Caribbean dance — something which would definitely not be able to be completed without the supportive sounds of Ralph Macdonald’s masterpiece “The Path.” Macdonald, who … Continue reading

Music education

The importance of variety in the music you study, by Philip Glass

“European musicians didn’t learn popular music, whereas in America we did. You played in bands, orchestras and you played everything. The high-art/low-art idea, that was a very European idea and not much appreciated in America. People like Cole Porter and Gershwin were considered very important composers.” Philip Glass Which 20th/21st century composer do you deem … Continue reading